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Breastfeeding

The State of Georgia Supports Breastfeeding as the Preferred Method for Infant Feeding

The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding as the preferred method of infant feeding for the first year, and beneficial to both the infant's and the mother's health

Goal

To make breastfeeding the norm in infant feeding practices and to provide breastfeeding information, education, and support to pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Benchmark

Healthy People 2020, Breastfeeding Goals, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

 

The 2020 targets are as follows:

Objective

Baseline
(year measured)
%

2020 Target %

Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed:

(2006 births)

 

Ever

74.0

81.9

At 6 months

43.5

60.6

At 1 year

22.7

34.1

Exclusively through 3 months

33.6

46.2

Exclusively through 6 months

14.1

25.5

Increase the proportion of employers that have worksite lactation support programs

25.0 (2009)

38.0

Reduce the proportion of breastfed newborns who receive formula supplement within the first 2 days of life

24.2

14.2

Increase the proportion of live births that occur in facilities that provide recommended care for lactationg mothers and their babies

2.9 (2009)

8.1

View the latest Breastfeeding Report Card from CDC, tracking the breastfeeding objectives for each state.

 

 

 

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Contact Information

Tammy Fuller
(404) 657-2884
tafuller@dhr.state.ga.us